UHart basketball players teach 3rd grade class

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Third grade students in Glastonbury are getting a lesson in learning from role models in their community, specifically basketball players from the University of Hartford. But it has nothing to do with playing the game.

It’s not everyday you have athletes teaching your class but that was the case Wednesday for third graders at the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School.

“Basically we go into the classrooms certain times a week or a month and we teach a lesson,” said a player.

The basketball players are from the University of Hartford and part of a junior achievement program that’s taking players from the court and putting them into the classroom.

“Junior achievement goes into schools throughout the country, really getting into the classroom with real role models from the community to make learning more authentic,” said Ryan Donlon, principal at GEHMS.

“When we first get there and they know we are basketball players from the University of Hartford, they see us as celebrities, which is funny to us but they look up to us. We are their role models,” said Shanise Bultron, senior, University of Hartford.

Here’s how it all works, 6 players from the women’s basketball team come in to teach once a week for 5 weeks.  The lesson plan over that time deals specifically with finance.

“Today our lesson is about deposits and credit unions and so we are going to teach them about depositing money, a savings account and checking account,” said Cherelle Moore, senior, University of Hartford.

It’s all taught to students in a way they can understand and it has a big impact on their learning.

“What’s great about having having student athletes in the classroom is that all the student athletes started in the third grade at some point, so for our students it represents a vision we can achieve,” said Donlon.

“I love kids and anything I can do to give back to them I’ll more than welcome just do it,” said Moore.

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